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In Loving Memory.

In Loving Memory.

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BY James DeKoven



" Then came the same Sheshhazzar, and laid the foundation of the
House of God which is in Jerusalem : and since that time even until
now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished." — Ezra v. 16.
BY James DeKoven



" Then came the same Sheshhazzar, and laid the foundation of the
House of God which is in Jerusalem : and since that time even until
now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished." — Ezra v. 16.

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I LOVIG MEMORY.BY James DeKoven" Then came the same Sheshhazzar, and laid the foundation of theHouse of God which is in Jerusalem : and since that time even untilnow hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished." — Ezra v. 16.In all ages of the world it has been the will of Godthat the Church should succeed through failure. Whenthe Son of God bowed His head and gave up the ghost, itseemed as if the powers of this world had conquered ; butit was not with the feeble wail of the dying, but with theloud cry of a conqueror, that He proclaimed that in themidst of seeming defeat He had overcome the power of Death and of Hell. And what was true of Him has beenever true of His children. Poverty has proved to beriches ; folly, wisdom ; weakness, strength ; cowardice,courage ; rashness, prudence ; death, life.Thus it is that the world is ever making mistakes aboutthe saints of God and the history of the Church. It mis-takes victory for defeat, advance for going backward, thetriumphant march of the Catholic Church for ignominiousflight. It is so occupied with buying and selling, gainingDigitized byGoogle226 SERMO&and losing, with the things that are seen and temporal,that it is no fair judge of the unseen and eternal. Themiracles of prayer, the victories of faith, the ministrationsof the angels, the mysteries of the sacraments, the awfulpowers of the world to come, are nothing to it. Heroismis in the midst of it, and it takes no heed of it. A greatcloud of witnesses encompasses some solitary man round
 
about ; but, though he be numbered among the childrenof God, and has his lot among the saints, the world countshis " life madness, and his end to be without honor."ay, in the midst of the noise of the conflict, the clashof arms, the shouts of defiance, the clangor of trumpets,the rush of horsemen, even the children of the Church canscarce tell on which side the true victory lies. It is onlythey who stay up Moses's hands upon the mount aboveuntil the sun goes down, who realize full well that Israelever prevails over Amalek, and that " the Eternal God isstill the refuge of His people, and underneath are the Ever-lasting Arms."The words of the text were the words of the foes of the Church of God, or at least of those indifferent to itswelfare. They stated the truth, however. It was sixteenyears since Sheshbazzar or Zerubbabel, the descendant of David, the prince of the house of Judah, had come upfrom Babylon to build the house of the Lord. Amid theruins of Jerusalem, with vested priests, with the sound of trumpets and the clash of cymbals, with the shouts of joy,and blended with it the noise of the weeping of the peo-ple, he had laid the foundation of the temple and begunanew the daily sacrifice. But foes without and cold heartswithin had stopped the labor. The people said, " Thetime is not come that the house of the Lord should beDigitized byGoogleI LOVIG MEMORY. 227built." They dwelt in " ceiled houses " while the templelay waste. Then upon their ears fell the burning wordsof the prophet Haggai : "Consider your ways. Ye lookedfor much, and, lo, it came to little. Why ? saith the Lordof hosts. Because of mine house which is waste, and yerun every man to his own house. Therefore the heavenabove you is stayed from dew, and I called for a drought
 
upon the land. Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saiththe Lord ; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, thehigh priest ; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saiththe Lord, and work : for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts. 1 'Thus the temple was built, and once more on the greatday of atonement the high priest could enter the holy of holies with the blood of the sacrifice. And yet the work was not finished. It was more than half a century laterthat Ezra the priest began his reformation of the people,and for fourteen years labored to bring them back to God.Then tidings came to ehemiah, the king's cup-bearer, inShushan the palace, that the Jews "who had escaped werein great affliction and reproach " ; and when he saw theruined city, the cry burst forth from his lips to priests andnobles : " Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalemlieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we beno more a reproach." And thus they builded: "Theywhich builded on the wall, and they that bear burdens,with those that laded, every one with one of his handswrought in the work, and with the other hand held aweapon." From the time that the foundation of the tem-ple was laid to the time that ehemiah and Ezra dedicatedthe wall with " sacrifices, and rejoicings of great joy," wasDigitized byGoogle228 SEBMOS.a period of eighty-nine years— exactly the time which haselapsed in the history of our own Church since the conse-cration of the first American Bishop.Zerubbabel and Haggai and Joshua the son of Jose-dech, the high priest, had gone to their rest. It was inthe days of their grandcliildren when the work was ended.It was theirs to begin, the work of others to finish. They

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